September Is National Suicide Prevention Month

Managing Real Estate Broker with Coldwell Banker Realty VA #0225181914

World Suicide Prevention DayToday marks the first day of National Suicide Prevention Month. According to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC),  suicide was the 10th leading cause of death among all age groups in 2014. It ranks as the 2nd cause of death for ages 10-34, 4th for ages 35-54, and 8th for ages 55-64. Suicide doesn't discriminate. It does not matter how old someone is, what color they are, how much money they make, or where they are from.  



The impact of suicide on people who have lost someone is devastating, to say the least. September 10 is World Suicide Prevention Day. It is a day to raise awareness about this important topic that so many people have been touched by. The International Association for Suicide Prevention's (IASP) theme is Connect, Communicate, and Care.



Sadly, my family and I have been affected by suicide, and have seen and felt the devastating effects it leaves on those who are left behind. My dad's half-sister took her life when she was 16 and my dad has never gotten over it. Six years ago, his half-brother also ended his life, when he was almost 80. This was painful, as he had just met for the first time a few years beforehand. My cousin killed himself when he was 40. He was an only child, and had a wife and child. There are no words to describe how their lives changed. I was first touched by it in high school, when a funny, popular, and seemingly happy guy I knew died at 16. To this day I still have moments when I am reminded of how many really good things I've experienced, but he did not. 



My own teens have known of kids in school who have ended their own lives. It is hard to see them try to grasp that reality. There are far too many stories each year from their school and surrounding schools of this happening. It is so important to become educated on this subject, to recognize some warning signs, and to be able to talk to someone in crisis to get them the help they need.



If you'd like to participate in World Suicide Prevention Day on September 10, light a candle in your window at 8 pm, become a part of the Cycle Around The Globe iniative, or sign up for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention's Out Of The Darkness walks. 


Contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline if you or someone you know needs help. Call 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255)


Posted by

Chrissi Chapman Topoleski

Branch Vice President

Coldwell Banker Realty

Woodbridge, VA


You know that joke, "My mind is like my web browser. 19 tabs are open, 3 are frozen and I have no idea where the music is coming from"? - yeah, that's me. So many thoughts and ideas I need a place to write them down since no one will give me my own reality tv show. I am passionately addicted to helping others achieve success. I'm out to change the world one happy person at a time by sharing my knowledge, my heart, and my sense of humor each and every day.

Comments (4)

Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Suicides have severe impacts on the surviving family members. Your blog provides a good reminder for all of us to reach out to those who are troubled.

Sep 01, 2016 11:47 PM
Chrissi Chapman Topoleski

Thank you. It's great there is a month dedicated to awareness of this very sad issue.


Sep 02, 2016 02:57 AM
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Chrissi. This is really important and I'm glad you posted about it. So sorry for your many experiences with it yourself.

Sep 02, 2016 01:21 AM
Chrissi Chapman Topoleski

Thanks so much Sheila Anderson . I appreciate it.

Sep 02, 2016 02:57 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Chrissi Chapman Topoleski, Thanks for letting us know about this.  Sorry about that you have knowledge of this.

Sep 02, 2016 08:24 AM
Chrissi Chapman Topoleski

Thanks so much. It's important to share resources for those who may need it. I know too many others who have also been touched.

Sep 04, 2016 06:43 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Hi Chrissie... I did not know this. I've been affected by suicide and it's a horrific experience to go through. Thanks for putting some more awareness about it out there.

Sep 07, 2016 05:07 AM
Chrissi Chapman Topoleski

I'm sorry you've experienced it, too, Nina Hollander . Thank you for commenting.

Sep 07, 2016 06:47 AM